Top 10 travel moments of 2015

Top travel moments 2015

Wait, what, it’s 2016 already?! Here I am still still trying to catch up with last year. This month also marks a year since I said goodbye to the UK to travel indefinitely… something I’m still trying to get my head around. What was 8 months of planned adventure has now turned into a fantastic 12, so in true New Year fashion I’ve put together a list of my top 10 travel moments of 2015.… Read more

The Perhentian Islands | Malaysia’s ultimate backpacker paradise

The Perhentian Islands were top of my list when I knew that we were travelling through Malaysia to fly out of Singapore. Apparently these tiny paradise islands are well known on the backpacker trail but I’d only heard of them from an old work colleague, otherwise I might have skipped over the tiny section in the Rough Guide.

Despite its popularity, we didn’t run into any other backpackers heading that way or who had been.  So I’m very glad I was sold before leaving the UK.

Think pristine, picture-perfect white sand beaches, turquoise waters, ramshackle huts, fire shows, shisha pipes, impeccable snorkelling and diving conditions plus everything cheap as chips… The ultimate backpacker paradise!Read more

Is tubing in Vang Vieng over?

You’ll find the three B’s in the town of Vang Vieng – backpackers, bars and booze. Not your thing? There are still waterfalls, caves and mountains to be explored in the surrounding area, but there’s no doubt about it, most travellers come here to take part in the main event – tubing.

When my friend and I were backpacking Thailand in 2009 we heard lots about how awesome tubing in Laos was but we hadn’t made time to visit. As Adam and I were doing Laos this time round, I was keen to take part in the fun but it kind of confirmed my preconceptions. I think we were a bit late to the party…… Read more

Is the slow boat to Laos worth it?

The big question asked by travellers making their way from northern Thailand to Laos is should I take the slow boat or the overnight bus?

When you’re on a budget the lesser cost is usually the decider, but in this case another couple of things need to be taken into consideration.

Taking the overnight bus is exactly that, overnight, and you’ll be in Luang Prabang, Laos, the next day. Fine if you’re on a tight schedule, but then again it’s just another uncomfortable South-East Asian bus journey. Perhaps more so as I’d heard it wasn’t a sleeper bus.… Read more

An alternative to Khao San Road, Bangkok

When last in Bangkok, my friend and I found ourselves staying in the infamous backpacker haunt of Khao San Road. At 19 years old and arriving in Thailand for the first time, we welcomed the no frills budget accommodation, cheap bars and wacky street vendors. Scorpion on a stick anyone?

I don’t even recall us leaving the area until it was time to head to the airport.

Six years later, in exploration mode as apposed to just cheap booze and late night piercings mode, I found myself wondering why the heck we didn’t bother seeing anything else around the city!… Read more